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The transformation of the intersection of Georgia Ave. and New Hampshire Ave. is almost complete.

On the northeast corner sits the Petworth Metro Station, opened in 1999. The well-regarded Sweet Mango Cafe is directly south (“I want to bathe in this chicken” is a direct quote from Yelp.)  Directly to the west, there are the fancy Park Place apartments, which opened this Spring.

And then just below that, there is, well, a long-empty lot—-apparently the former site of a gas station, which closed up in the early 1990s, according to DCmud.

A few years back, development firm Lakritz Adler—-which also recently finished this boutique condo building by 12th and U Streets—- acquired this “long-vacant, environmentally-contaminated” site, and was able to address the contamination and sign a lease with CVS, according to the group’s website. The groundbreaking was held this morning.

According to DCmud, “Construction, not yet begun, is expected to wrap up mid-2010.”